It’s a time to recall that the Christ who came as a child of the manager will come again as the glorious Lord of all. Just as we want to be prepared for the guests we will be receiving in our homes in this season, we also want to be prepared for the coming of the Lord of heaven. “Stay awake and pray” are the familiar watch words of the Scriptures, and the church responds, “Amen. Come Lord Jesus.” In these days of Advent let that little meal time prayer “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest…” be our Advent prayer, one in which you invite the long awaited Lord to come among us to reveal the kingdom which has been prepared for the faithful from the foundation of the world.
When the Holy Spirit fills us, however, we can heal the hurt that causes bitterness
(see Hebrews 12:14-15 for more insights)
Those who were trying to be saved by keeping the Old Testament law were soon tied up in rules and ceremonies. But now, through the Holy Spirit, God provides freedom from sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1). When we trust God to save us, He removes our heavy burden of trying to please Him and our guilt for failing to do so. By trusting Christ we are loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed to live for Him. Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. As our knowledge deepens, the Holy Spirit helps us to change. Becoming Christ like is a progressive experience (see Romans 8:29). The more closely we follow Christ, the more we will be like Him. When you talk about Jesus Christ you must remember that you stand in God’s presence - and He hears every word. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Yes, November 11th this year was the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. It reminds us to appreciate all who have served our country. And if you have not paused to say a prayer of thanks for them, this prayer below by Beth McLendon is one we all can pray.
You are our Creator and Sustainer. You are our Light and our Fortress.
You are our Wisdom and our Strength.
Lord, you moved upon men to establish this great nation. You stirred men to hope and to dream for a land of freedom. We praise you for this great nation.
Lord, you have inspired many of our best and brightest to volunteer to proudly stand and defend our beloved country. You have given us brave and loyal men and women who have steadfastly served in their chosen branch of our military. Today we remember our military personnel. We acknowledge that their service enables us to walk as free men and women in this great land.
Lord, today we seek to honor your sons and daughters who have served our country. We are reminded that because of their service we can live in safety. We ask that you abundantly bless those who have previously served. May their service time be rewarded in every way. May they gain earthly and heavenly blessings from their unselfish love of country.
Lord, we stop now and remember those who are currently serving. We ask that you provide them with your protection, your strength, and your peace. We ask that you would abundantly provide for all their needs. We ask that you would enable them to overcome every personal and professional obstacle. We ask that you would protect their families from hurt and harm. May each of them feel honored not just today but every day.
Father, we also give special recognition to our wounded warriors. We realize that many of our heroes are dealing with physical and emotional wounds that occurred as a result of their time of service to our country. We ask that they would be given the best treatments available and that you would add your supernatural blessings to all the efforts given to them to help them. We ask that you, Lord, would show them miracles as they seek to gain health, stability, and wholeness. We pray these things in Jesus' name, Amen
Don’t be afraid to express deep heartfelt sorrow for what you have done. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.
We must never forget, anti–Christian forces will grow in strength. Difficulties should never be excuses for missing church services. Rather, as difficulties arise, we should make an even greater effort to be faithful in attendance and to encourage others in their faith pursuits.
Being born of God makes you spiritually alive and puts you in God’s family.
This fresh start in life is available to all who believe in Christ. “The Word became human,” by doing so, Christ became the perfect teacher, in Jesus' life we see how God thinks and therefore how we should think, the perfect example –as a model of what we are to become. He shows us how to live and gives us the power to live that way, the perfect sacrifice.
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